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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Man” – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Dear Readers,

For this week’s blog, we are sharing a clip from one of our recordings that parallels the healings of Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy (Continuity of Christian Healing), which can be accessed if you are a Biblos Subscriber. One story referenced is the healing of the woman bowed over, mentioned in this week’s Bible Lesson on “Man” in Section 5:

Luke 13: 11-17

11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14  And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

15  The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

16  And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17  And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Mind” – AUGUST 21, 2016

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For this week’s blog, we are sharing a clip from one of our eCourses: “Paul and the Corinthian Church,” which references a line in Section 6 in this week’s Bible Lesson on “Mind” — 

II Cor 2:14

14  Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

 

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Love” – JULY 31, 2016

Dear Readers,

For this week’s blog, we are sharing a clip from one of our eCourses, “Paul and the Corinthian Church” referencing I Corinthians, Chapter 13 from this week’s Bible Lesson.

 

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I Corinthians, Chapter 13, 4-6

4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Life” – JULY 17, 2016

Dear Readers,

For this week’s blog, we have made a custom audio clip about Jacob and Esau referenced in this week’s Bible Lesson, from Section Two:

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‘Jacob and Esau’

Section 2, The Bible:

Gen. 27: 41 – Esau

41  Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

Gen. 32: 1,3, 6, 7 (to:), 24-30

1  And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

3  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

6  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

7  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:

24  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh.  And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27  And he said unto him, What is thy name?  And he said, Jacob.

28  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.  And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?  And he blessed him there.

30  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Gen. 33:1 (to 1st .), 4, 8-10

1  And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men.

4  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. 

8  And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met?  And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

9  And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10  And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

 

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Christian Science” – JUNE 26, 2016

Dear Readers,

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This week’s blog will discuss Mark 12:28-31 from Section 5 in this week’s Lesson: 

Mark 12:28-31

28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?” – JUNE 19, 2016

Dear Readers,

The Disciple John

This week’s blog will discuss John 1:1, plus verses 3-5, which are in this week’s Lesson: 

John 1:1

1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “SOUL AND BODY” – MAY 22, 2016

Dear Readers,

What should be our priority in life?

Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount

The blog this week will discuss Jesus’ statements in Matthew 6:33 from the Responsive Reading in this week’s Bible Lesson (note: we bolded the words that we dig into further):

Matthew 6:33

33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


QUESTIONS:

What does the world seek after?  How does that differ from Jesus’ statements in these verses? 

If we engage in excessive worry, what does that type of mental attitude indicate about us and our concept of God?

What does worry accomplish, if anything?

Some define worry as “practical atheism and an affront to God.”  What is meant by that definition?

Luke’s version adds, “neither be ye of doubtful mind.”  Why is that an important command? 


DIGGING DEEPER DISCUSSION:

GREEK VOCABULARY (From Strong’s Greek Lexicon, Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, HELPS Word-studies, and Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible)

In reference to Matthew 6:33: 

“Spiritually the kingdom of God is within the human heart.” (Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible)

“kingdom” = “basileia” in Greek: “sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men; dominion.” 

We are to seek diligently – first of all – the dominion already within the human heart.

“seek” = “epizeteo” in Greek: “seek diligently, crave, wish for, demand, clamor for.”

Some consider verse 33 an equation of abundance.  We don’t seek second or third, but “first” – it’s our priority every moment of every day to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

“righteousness” = “dikaiosune” in Greek:  “Righteousness is conformity with the claims of higher authority and stands as an opposite to lawlessness.  It is conformity to all that He commands or appoints.”

“When affirmed of Christ, denotes his perfect moral purity, integrity, sinlessness; when used of God, His holiness.” (Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon)


CONNECTIONS TO THE NEW TESTAMENT:

Matthew 6:10 – “Thy kingdom come.”

  • Dummelow’s Bible Commentary shares this insight about the phrase, “Thy kingdom come”: “May justice triumph over injustice, truth over error, kindness over cruelty, purity over lust, peace over enmity. It is a prayer for the peace and unity of the Church, for growth in grace.”
  • Abingdon Bible Commentary: “The kingdom of God is the kingdom of heaven realized on earth, the will of God expressed in all human life.”

Luke 12:29-31

“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“Doubt” can mean, “a feeling of not being certain about something; its verb form:  “to think that something is probably not true or that it probably does not exist.”

“Doubtful mind” – only time in the New Testament this is used.  Meteorizo” in Greek: “Suspended in mid-air; to shift from one conviction to another; vacillating (wavering), like a person living ‘suspended’ in anxiety.” (HELPS Word-studies)

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Doubtful mind.  “Be not fickle, unstable, and inconstant, and wandering in  your thoughts about these things, like the meteors in the air, which are carried about here and there; let not your minds be disturbed and distracted about them; or be anxiously solicitous for them.”

Thayer’s – “neither be ye anxious, or and waver not between hope and fear.”

MacLaren’s Expositions:

“Both images point to the unrest of worldliness, and while the unrest of care is uppermost in the one, the other includes more than simply care, and warns us that all occupation with simply creatural things, all eager seeking after ‘what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink’ or after more refined forms of earthly good, brings with it the penalty and misery of ‘for ever tossing on the tossing wave.’  Whosoever launches out on to that sea is sure to be buffeted about.  Whoso sets his heart on the uncertainty of anything below the changeless God will without doubt be driven from hope to fear, from joy to sorrow, and his heart will be desolate when his idols perish.”


LENS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE:

S&H 590:1

“KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.”

Rud. 12:21

“As power divine is the healer, why should mortals concern themselves with the chemistry of food?  Jesus said: ‘Take no thought what ye shall eat.'”

Find all the references where Mrs. Eddy in her published writings quotes from the Sermon on the Mount.


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Ideas for studying the Bible Lesson “UNREALITY” – APRIL 3, 2016

Dear Readers,  

What is the significance of knowing that the “accuser is cast down”?

War in heaven – Michael and his angels fighting

War in heaven – Michael and his angels fighting

The blog this week will discuss the statement in Revelation 12, verse 10, from this week’s Bible Lesson, Section 5 (note: we bolded the words that we dig into further): 

Rev. 12:10

10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and the
power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.


QUESTIONS:

Who or what is the accuser?

What kind of battle is Revelation 12 describing?

In Revelation, chapter 12, how is the accuser cast down?


DIGGING DEEPER DISCUSSION:

The New International Greek Testament Commentary (page 621):

“Revelation 12 has always been considered as the center and the key to the entire book.”

Rev. 12:10  ” . . . Now is come salvation, . . . “

“Salvation” = “soteria” in Greek: “deliverance, preservation, safety, prosperity.” (Strong’s Lexicon)

Rev. 12:11  ” . . . and strength, . . . “

“Strength” = “dunamis” in Greek: “might, power.” (Strong’s Lexicon)

Rev. 12:11  “. . . and the power of his Christ: . . . “

“Power” = “exousia” in Greek: “Power, authority, weight, moral authority, influence.” (Strong’s Lexicon)

Rev. 12:12  “. . . for the accuser . . . “

“Accuser” = “kategoros” in Greek: “accuser, prosecutor, a complainant at law; specially, Satan.” (Strong’s Lexicon)


From The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Vol. 12, 517):

“This anonymous hymn, which interprets the great battle of the preceding verses, has three stanzas; the first (v. 10) focuses on the victorious inauguration of God’s kingdom and Christ’s kingly authority; the second (v. 11) calls attention to the earthly victory of the saints as they confirm the victory of Christ by their own identification with Jesus in his witness; and third (v. 12) announces the martyrs’ victory and the final woe to the earth because of the devil’s ejection and impending demise.  In the first stanza (v. 10) the triumph of Christ is described as the arrival of three divine realities in history:  God’s salvation or victory, God’s power, and God’s kingdom.  This latter reality is further identified as Christ’s assumption of his authority.  The historic event of Christ’s life, [crucifixion], and resurrection has challenged the dominion of Satan and provoked the crisis of history.  At the time of Christ’s [crucifixion] on earth, Satan was being defeated in heaven by Michael.”


NEW TESTAMENT CONNECTIONS:

Rev. 12:7-9, 11

7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

The Expositor’s Bible (Vol. 12, page 517):

“When the battle grows fiercer and darker for the church, it is but the sign of the last futile attempt of the dragon to exercise his power before the kingdom of Christ comes.”

John 8:44

44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


LENS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE:

Unity of Good, 17:1:

“A lie has only one chance of successful deception, – to be accounted true.  Evil seeks to fasten all error upon God, and so make the lie seem part of eternal Truth.”

Mis. 99:15

“How many are there ready to suffer for a righteous cause, to stand a long siege, take the front rank, face the foe, and be in the battle every day?”

Ret. 22:14

“It may be that the mortal life-battle still wages, and must continue till its involved errors are vanquished by victory-bringing Science; but this triumph will come! God is over all. He alone is our origin, aim, and being.”


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